For a while now I’ve had my eye on Ashley Goforth, a talented interior designer from Houston, Texas. I spied some images from her portfolio online last year and was immediately drawn to her style – so simple and livable, timeless and elegant.
Ashley blends textures, periods, and patinas so successfully – her rooms are carefully edited to showcase the beautiful yet functional spaces. Her furniture and fabric choices are classic, yet so current too. She demonstrates that when you pair beautiful finishes with comfortable furnishings you can create a stylish space with just a few well chosen elements.
Today, I’m delighted to have Ashley Goforth in the spotlight! I asked her to answer a few of my questions, here she is! .
CG: Tell us your background, how you got started as an interior decorator, and a few things you’ve learned about going out on your own.
AG: From a young age, I was surrounded with great design. Some of my friends homes were decorated by famous decorators and I grew up with a mother that loved decorating magazines and changing our fabrics out seasonally. I was not formally trained in design, I graduated with a liberal arts degree in Economics – but after school I worked for a steel company and I immediately knew I wanted a more creative, dynamic career.
I discovered an opportunity to help run a store called Shabby Slips under the renowned designer, Renea Abbott, and from there worked my way up to design assistant. After six years of hands-on experience and exposure to wonderful projects around the country, I took a leap of faith and started my own company, Ashley Goforth Design, in 2005.